Semisane’s debut album, ‘A Life Less Strange’ starts off with a quiet, almost unassuming intro, almost as though it is tip-toeing into our lives. The start of ‘Trying To Believe’, the opening track, is understated, yet beautiful. Even when Tikara’s vocals arrive, it is still a softly softly approach with a sweet sound.
The only time the song gets a little bit louder is when the chorus arrives, and this does so in a controlled yet somehow soaring kind of way. There is a lot of emotion and feeling in this track. It has a feel of one of those song in a film soundtrack where it’s the morning after the characters, who have gone through a rough patch and have made up (usually in bed), have woken up wondering if they have done the right thing and do not know what will happen next. There is an aching in the song like people who really want to be in love but just don’t know how to make it work.
‘Trying To Believe’ was Semisane’s first hit to make the SA Rockdigest Charts in 2000 where it went to number 7, enjoying a run of 8 weeks on the charts. Yes, they would go on to have bigger hits (including 3 SA Rockdigest number 1’s), but this subtle, yet beautiful, piece should not get left in the shadow of their other hits.
Where to find it:
A Life Less Strange – Semisane (2000), BMG Records, 74321 77593 2